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Biographical Profile for Robert C. Sarvis
Candidate for U.S. Senate, Virginia
November 4, 2014 Virginia General Election
Age: 37
Party: Libertarian Party of Virginia
Phone: (571) 499-4015
Address: PO Box 224
Alexandria, VA 22003
 
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Rob is running for Governor because he believes in and cares deeply about other people. He isn't satisfied by the self-serving platitudes offered by most politicians, and he is appalled at how far Republicans and Democrats have strayed from basic principles of good government. Rob wants to give Virginians a different option, based on open-minded, intelligent, economically literate leadership. He wants to bring Virginians together, not divide them with a culture war or a class war. He seeks to expand personal freedom by supporting marriage equality, restoring civil liberties, and embracing immigrants with open arms. And he seeks to expand economic freedom by offering tax relief, freeing up workers and job creators from needless regulation, and putting parents in control of the money spent on their children's education. Rob truly understands the government's fiduciary duties toward its citizens.

Robert Sarvis is also the best choice to represent the increasingly diverse population of Virginia. He is mixed-race (half-Chinese) and open-minded. He is well-educated and technologically savvy. He has worked in the public and private sectors, adopting the entrepreneurial mindset of fast-paced industries, and witnessing the glacial process of government and legal work. He knows what it's like to be laid off, and he knows what it's like to start a business. He has mentored elementary and high school students and has worked on pro bono legal cases involving battered women and asylum seekers. Above all, he is cognizant of the need for balance between government power that protects our rights, and limitations on government power to protect our freedom.
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Robert C. Sarvis, 37, is a native son of Northern Virginia. He was born at Fairfax Hospital, the youngest of three children of an immigrant Chinese mother and a Kansas-born father. He grew up in Springfield (Fairfax County), played W. Springfield Little League baseball, attended St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, and attended Keene Mill Elementary School. Rob is married to a pediatrician from Greenville, MS, with whom he is raising two beautiful children in Annandale, Virginia.
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Rob attended college at Harvard, receiving a math degree in 1998, and went on to study at the University of Cambridge, where he received a master's degree in math in 1999. Rob began a math Ph.D. program at Berkeley, but left to join an internet startup in San Francisco.

In 2002, Rob returned to school to study law at NYU. There, Rob co-founded the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty and received the John Bruce Moore Award for Excellence in Law and Philosophy and the Vanderbilt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School. He received his J.D. in 2005.

In addition to degrees from Harvard, Cambridge, and NYU, Sarvis earned a Master's degree in economics from George Mason University in Virginia.
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
Rob has worked as a technical assistant for the Defense Department, a software developer for an internet startup (Bang Networks), a law clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in D.C. In 2008, following the launch of the iPhone and Android platforms, Rob left the law firm and co-founded a mobile-applications development company, Wertago LLC, which won Google's Android Developer Challenge that same year. He continues to work at Wertago as both a developer and the company's general counsel.

Sarvis is also a Searle Freedom Trust Fellow and served as a fellow at George Mason's Mercatus Center for research. His teaching careers also include time as a teaching fellow in the Harvard math department, a course assistant for calculus at UC Berkeley as well as an algebra teacher at Western Career College, now known as Carrington College California.

Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
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Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Rob is a regular contributor to educational organizations like the Society for Science and the Public and the Center for Excellence in Education.
He also contributes on occasion to a range of public-interest organizations like the Institute for Humane Studies and Human Rights First.
Rob also supports local schools, having spoken to computer science students at TJHSST about the mobile app industry, and having contributed to the TJHSST Partnership Fund and Annandale HS athletics.
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
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Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Rob considers his religious beliefs personal and not for public consumption.
Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Rob has earned awards throughout his life in both academic and professional settings. In high school, Rob competed successfully in numerous math and science competitions and placed fourth in the prestigious Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search. In law school, Rob co-founded the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty and received the John Bruce Moore Award for Excellence in Law and Philosophy and the Vanderbilt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School. In 2008, the company Rob co-founded won the Grand Prize in Google's Android Developer Challenge.
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